February 11, 2013

It’s what they do: Obama’s State of the Divided Union [Darleen Click]

It’s who they are

More than 20 survivors of gun violence and their family members will be in the House chamber on Tuesday as President Obama gives the first State of the Union address of his second term.

The effort, organized in part by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and congressional advocates of stricter gun laws, may be the first coordinated attempt to pack the gallery with a group of people pushing for one issue, according to House historians and longtime congressional observers.

Members who say they are providing tickets to gun violence victims include Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democratic Reps. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island, Carolyn McCarthy of New York, Ed Perlmutter, who represents Aurora, Colo., and Elizabeth Esty, who represents Newtown, Conn., where 20 schoolchildren and six adults were killed in a mass shooting at a school last December.

Of course, such venal partisanship will be lauded, not questioned, by Pravda media — Biden’s timing couldn’t be better. Along with “top democrats” out to attack Rubio for being “an extremist”.

Unfortunately, come Wednesday morning, Boehner will sigh, let his eyes water as he intones about all the Moral Authority of the victims in the gallery, and talk about the importance of Republicans reaching across the aisle in these trying times.

Wonder how many Republicans will finally stop “compromising” [ahem] since Dems refuse to even attempt a reach-around.

Posted by Darleen @ 7:57pm

Comments (90)

  1. maybe that Quan dude can go he’s a freaking sympathy magnet

  2. have I told you today “fuck you” yet?

  3. you could work on your sense of humor more better

    but the answer to your question is no you have not

  4. well, then, consider it done.

    and a “j/k” excuse doesn’t hold even one glass of two-buck chuck.

  5. i am NOT making excuses

    i made a lighthearted but pointed remark

    in a comment thread on the internet

    and what did I get for my trouble?

    a hearty eff you is what I got

    and for that I’m not gonna tell you about the tasty noosa yogurt you’re just gonna have to find out on the street

  6. And this sort of nonsense is why Speaker Boehner should have followed the earlier traditions of the Republic, and insisted that Obama submit his State of the Union address as a letter.

  7. On behalf of Ted Nugent, I’d also like to say fuck you.

  8. hmmph on behalf of billy squires you can stroke me

  9. And this sort of nonsense is why Speaker Boehner

    is a crying orange clown. sometimes you TAKE possession of the office and kick a coequal branch in the balls

  10. i hear squawking. is there a pikachu about?

  11. Maybe that woman who testified before congress about how our stupid gun laws made her leave her CCW gun in the car at Luby’s and thus got to watch her parents get murdered could offer a rebuttal.

  12. sometimes you TAKE possession of the office and kick a coequal branch in the balls

    Let me know when the House finally grows a pair and issues Articles, m’kay?

  13. I just hope Obama doesn’t yell at the SC Justices again. Roberts will start drafting gun confiscation as a tax on the spot.

  14. happyfeet says February 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Youy could work on your sense more any.

  15. i’m a sign up for lumosity!

  16. And…

    another thread shot to hell and gone with the first comment.

  17. I think it’s time for another self-imposed ban, hf.

  18. That bitter clingers thing isn’t so ironical any more.

    I remember when this place used to be funny.

    Hard to fucking believe.

  19. Let me know when the House finally grows a pair and issues Articles, m’kay?

    after mr. cantor takes care of the children of illegal immigrant mexicans that’s next up. well maybe after sequestqueer

  20. I think the rebuttal witnesses should be those who survived gun violence by using a gun themselves.

  21. I remember when this place had deeper discussions in the comments than what happyfeet is capable of leading.

    That’s not particularly hard to believe. It is what it is.

    I don’t much feel like cracking jokes at a funeral.

  22. That makes more sense than showcasing Ted Nugent.

  23. Want to know what’s happening here, BMoe?

    Do you really think the squares and the prudes and the sheeple are bitterclinging against ‘feets corrosive brand of speaking truth to power?

    If I had to bet I’d guess it’s more a matter of people becoming tired of the drive-time shockjock antics of dull people. People are bored of the rude and the stupid. That’s it.

    But, yeah, we could pretend it’s something more personally validating simply because we agree with some of the sentiments expressed.

  24. no it’s my turn to wear the hairshirt

    no fairs you wored it yesterday

  25. Was that funny, BMoe?

    Was this a knee-slapper?

  26. ok here’s some “humor”

    City hikes taxes on Sandy-hit houses

  27. hmmm looks like someone has a bad case of the mondays

    here mr. grumpypants it always works for me

  28. More like persistant exposure to toxic levels of jackassery than a bad case of the mondays.

  29. Maybe you have a sound board that inserts fart noises and cartoon AWWWooogahhhs for those comments, BMoe.

    I’m all ears.

    What I hear is the sound of stupid. And, it’s getting progressively worse. Dumberer.

    Is that something you’re bitterclinging onto? That’s just sad.

  30. the rockaways are totally devastated and the whole beachfront is just gone

    but they probably need to rebuild differently like those big prison-looking condo buildings on the gulf where the first 2 or 3 floors are just parking and commons

  31. criminals in gov’t

  32. That’s some CNN worthy analysis right there. You could maybe audition if you had the pretty hair to go with that kind of incisive commentary.

  33. It’s an odd thing.

    Discussions with Ernst lead me to read entire books. Same with many, many, many others here. The very first would be Jeff’s road map to reading Pynchon laid out almost a decade ago.

    I bring this up because we’re mourning, right?

    If we’re to mourn the passing of pw’s golden age I’d like to mark this new age as well. “People are mean to happyfeet because they’re bitterclingers.” – February 11th, 2013

  34. My takeaway:

    Life sucks when you aren’t firing down range!

  35. I am firing down range, Danger. Make no mistake.

  36. Mr. bh if you peruse the blog you will find many many threads from today what I haven’t besmirched not even a little

    it’s like you’re bitterly clinging to this one thread or something

  37. Tell it to the electric hamster, Danger.

    I guess I spend too much time here.

  38. Everyone already knows you like to let yourself go in Darleen’s posts, rodent

  39. Half of what you like about me is just basic management skills, D. Sometimes you have to let people go. We can pray for people all day long because we feel bad for them but we’re under no obligation to pretend we have shared interests.

    The hall monitor has spoken, I’ve officially invoked hall monitor authority. I’ll need to see some hall passes from here on out. People are pretending that they’re in advanced chem or senior english and they’re just stoners.

  40. here’s one on something called the NDAA

    which reminds me did you see they’re pretty close to banning DMAA?

    fascism never rests

    Mr. Ernst my first comment was on topic as on topic could be

    furthermore I think this sort of victim parade is not going to help food stamp very much

    people what are going to watch his stupid speech are hurting economically or know somebody they’re worried about

    every last one of them… and this victimy song n dance thing is a slap in their face

  41. to their face I mean

  42. I’d like for you to point out the funny parts, BMoe. I’m trying my best to find them. Little help, please.

    Sorry to be a dick but if you’re gonna start in on that bullshit, I do feel it’s appropriate.

  43. Mr. Ernst my first comment was on topic as on topic could be

    For a ghoul.

  44. Mr. moe doesn’t have to justify himself to you Mr. bh I really don’t understand this idea where we have to carp on other commenters

    you make your commentings and i will make my commentings amd mr. moe can make his commentings but not Mr. Froman cause y’all done runned him off with all the carpings

  45. Sorry, I didn’t get to insert my course correction at a more timely point.
    It’s still available for anyone sincerely hoping to make a bigger impact.

    “I guess I spend too much time here.”

    FWIW Cranky,
    Most of your stuff is morale boosting in my book.
    So Keep Firing!!!

  46. The ghoul can’t help being what he is bh, why you gotta hate on ghouls?

  47. yeah Mr. Ernst why you gotta hate on ghouls plus you have no idea how ghoulish the average workplace conversation about Dorner is here in Los Angeles

    and truth be told the sympathy he’s elicited is a huge and under-reported phenomenon

    I call it dorner action figure syndrome

    me I’m not in that camp I just join in on the parts where we talk about how failshit and corrupt the LAPD is

  48. I’d say this to Mr. Moe: You might think I’ve lost my sense of humor. That’s a valid feeling. Here’s how it feels on my end: I’m bored beyond tears from constant attention-whoring from a shallow simpleton. Stop pretending there is anything more to it. It’s insulting. I’m going to be as open as you are when you pretend I’m some fainting member of the choir. Keep playing that lie and I’ll call you on it.

  49. who the hell h8tes abe?

  50. it’s positively heideggerian

  51. bh says February 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm
    Half of what you like about me is just basic management skills, D.

    Yeah, but don’t discount the other half. A lot of people have management skills but it’s temperment that makes a hall monitor great;)

  52. truth be told the sympathy he’s elicited is a huge and under-reported phenomenon

    has nothing to do with demonrats running the gulag i’m sure

  53. Mr. newrouter I honestly don’t get the sense this is a particularly leftist phenomenon

    my understanding also is if you read the whole manifesto it’s tough to use it to paint dorner as a leftist ideologue

    I haven’t read it though but that’s what people have told me

  54. it’s tough to use it to paint dorner as a leftist ideologue

    i agree. baracky has the same problem with the Ruling Class Media-RCM™

  55. “but it’s temperment that makes a hall monitor great;)”*

    That and big biceps; they have a way of intimidating the stoners!

    *it’s usually bad form to quote oneself so please don’t try this at home unless you pay tribute to the EmotiGod;)

  56. kill whitey is kinda of fun though for a black proggtard! yo bitch or ho’ or some stupid black lower class idiocy

  57. New topic:

    Democrats attacking Rubio; a brilliant tactic certain to send him crying into the waiting arms of Karl Rove and Jeb Bush.



  58. saviors are funny things

  59. Was that funny, BMoe?

  60. See, it’s all been dirt stupid but maybe I just might be missing some humor here.

  61. Ok, I’ll check back on you guys tomorrow.


    You trackin?

  62. I can’t work like this

    I’m going to my trailer

  63. rubio and wetbacks suxs. me go away salsa clowns

  64. when we get a mexican policy get back to me

  65. I’m going to my trailer

    there be trash

  66. Sadly it looks like it’s a yes on the Dog AND the biceps.

    Gnight bh and try to look on the bright side:
    Bob stopped by with an encouraging outlook. With a couple more visits I’m sure we’ll have this ship back on course.

  67. See, this still feels like stupid to me.

    I’m sure higher level satire is just floating above my head and I’m unable to grasp it. I’m sure of it.

    It’s gotta be that, right? I’m a square and there is some serious satire being injected into the thread that I just can’t handle. That’s gotta be it.

  68. Take it easy, Danger, and, also, have a good one.

    Sometimes I become annoyed with how things have become so dumb. Pretending stupid and vulgar is some sort of virtue gets under my skin. It really does.

    I’m sure I’ll be in a more forgiving mood tomorrow or just go away. One of those.

  69. Don’t know if this has made the rounds here (I’ve been busy) but, more of what they do…

    RB: The instructions seemed very specific. Infiltrate web forums, collect screen names, avatars, and posters’ tag lines, and attempt to resolve these to their actual identities. I read one paragraph that listed circumstances when the “asset” was only to monitor but do not disrupt without authorization. There was another section titled “Divert, Disrupt and Destroy,” listing “how to’s” in certain cases.

    There was also a section on maintaining a social media presence, and another on the most effective use of Twitter.

    Lastly, there was a “reference section,” which included statistics, specific language to use to marginalize different posters, and effective methods to discredit people while maintaining a sense of legitimacy.

    It was surreal, to say the least.

    This is our ‘American Asset’ DHS at work.

  70. And who didn’t realize this was coming ?

    DH: During our previous contact, you said that we should listen to Obama’s comments about the economy, I mean during the inaugural speech. What’s so significant about that?

    RB: Well, this is perhaps the most important issue people need to understand. There will be, and was, talk of a recovery and a stronger economy, but it’s all propaganda. As you heard me say in the recording you just played, the complete inaugural address will be a “Baghdad Bob” moment, and it was. Many economists will use false figures and statistics to deceive the American people. People must not downplay the importance of the economic aspect of this address. The sudden collapse of the U.S. dollar (however it actually plays out) and everything that goes with it (such as social chaos and riots) will be one part of a plan that was set in motion a long time ago.

  71. My capacity for forgiveness ebbs and flows. Tonight it was ebb.

  72. Pretending stupid and vulgar is some sort of virtue gets under my skin. It really does.

    That being a prevalent American trend, yes, it’s disturbing. This will not end well.

  73. I remember, way back when, those days where we would have given the notion that if you’ve ever worn an LAPD badge you probably deserve to have your kids murdered serious consideration. What’s happened to us?

    Oh, wait.

  74. Ga, tonight’s SOTUS is going to be insulting on so many levels.

    It’s time to burn this muthafocking country down.

  75. For me it’s not going to be so much the SOTU — I haven’t watched one in years.

    It’s going to be the endless fawning and on-air wringing-out of moistened media panties that’s going to get on my nerves because even though I won’t watch it either if I have a choice, it’ll still find its way into my online perusals and casual viewing of allegedly apolitical items like weather reports.

    I wish SCOTUS would rule that actually going to the Capitol and staging a media event for the SOTU is unconstitutional. Write Congress a fucking letter like G.Washington did, and stay the hell home.

  76. Only these people could make me hate gun-violence victims.

    But they’re doing a banner job of it.

  77. gun violence peeps PLUS bonus Apple ceo guy

    but why he’s gonna be there with m’chelle isn’t really explained anywhere

    it feels vaguely fascist though

    Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, a man who typifies American innovation, will have the best seat in the house at President Barack Obama’s Statue of the Union address tomorrow evening.

    The executive will be joining Michelle Obama in the first lady’s box, CNET has confirmed with a White House official.

    Last year, Laurene Powell Jobs, the wife of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and Mike Krieger, co-founder of Instagram, represented the tech elite at the annual address. Here’s another fun piece of Apple trivia for you: In 1993, then Apple CEO John Sculley sat next to Hillary Clinton during her husband’s first State of the Union address.*

  78. I read somewhere some Senator will be bringing illegal aliens to the speech as well.

    I’d love to see somebody get deported right in the middle of Food Stamp’s speech but that would require an America I was proud of. I’m all Michelle Obama’y on America right now.

  79. I hope Mr. Cook has decided that Apple needs to pay their fair share of taxes and close the loopholes that give them an unfair tax advantage over their competitors. Bill Gates and Company could chime in, too.

  80. ‘feets, I want you to look again at my 12:44 AM comment, and at the linky.

    Tell me why I should not consider you a “poster child” of Obama’s DHS campaign of Cyber Warriors who are designed to infiltrate and cause havocs inside online communities? Because you’ve certainly exhibited characteristics here that seem to lead to such disgruntlements.

  81. for reals if you line the helmet with yogurt lids instead of just tinfoil you block 40% more rays

    be sure and lick em good though

  82. Serr8d, don’t feed the griefer.

  83. They cut wrestling from the goddamn olympics! Dave Schultz is spinning in his grave. I want to hear what the boss has to say about this travesty.

  84. Wait, field hockey stays but wrestling is out? O_o

  85. http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/28-12-2012/123335-americans_guns-0/ Darleen, remember our lamestream media is to the left of Pravda now…

  86. Skip the SOTU and have one of these… It won’t change anything, but you will feel better at least tonight.

  87. A terrific article at AT.

    I have read none better and more important than that.

  88. Hey, maybe somebody will get a bunch of Puerto Rican wannabe revolutionaries into the gallery…

    Oh, wait

  89. bh, everybody’s read Pynchon just like everybody’s read Joyce — at least the first 30-40 pages anyway.

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